Rypien funeral set for Saturday

Vancouver Canucks fans show the number 37 used by former team player Rick Rypien during a...

Vancouver Canucks fans show the number 37 used by former team player Rick Rypien during a remembrance ceremony at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia August 17, 2011. (REUTERS/Andy Clark)

KIRK PENTON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:51 AM ET

A public funeral will be held for Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien on Saturday in Blairmore, Alta., the Lethbridge Herald reported.

Rypien, who in July signed a one-year contract with the Jets, died on Monday in Coleman, Alta. RCMP said the 27-year-old’s death was sudden but not suspicious.

A public service will be held at Albert Stella Memorial Arena in Blairmore.

It begins at noon and is expected to be attended by many in the notable figures from the hockey world.

Rypien, who had been battling depression for a decade, appeared in 116 games for the AHL’s Manitoba Moose between 2005 and this year.

He also suited up for 119 games for the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks during that time.


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